When Life Goes Off-Roading

When Life Goes Off-Roading

A baby lost. Singleness prolonged. Families incomplete. I always feel different, changed in some deep way when I hear stories like these about faithful people who have plowed through serious heartbreak. No one expects to lose a newborn baby, one you've carried around for nine months, rubbing your belly while whispering prayers of forever. No [...]

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Finding Beauty in the Ashes

Finding Beauty in the Ashes

More and more, I'm starting to believe in the quieting of pain. For some time, I subscribed to the pray-it-all-away mentality, the belief that God will surely eliminate the pain, the fear, the grief entirely. I've held out for the day when my anxious self will disappear, thinking I'm less-than until that day arrives when [...]

On battered & shattered expectations.

On battered & shattered expectations.

  Honestly, I sometimes dream about making this blog less hygge. For those living under a rock, hygge is the Danish word for cozy and this funny obsession that many writers and shows have mocked as people have flocked to build a "hygge lifestyle" in an attempt to solve all of their world's problems. The New Yorker piece called "Is [...]

On Waiting Rooms.

On Waiting Rooms.

  My family, well, you could say we all grew up in waiting rooms. We've seen cancer, we've seen tumors, we've seen hearts, we've seen brains, we've seen backs, we've seen all the unknowns, we've seen and felt all the broken. And we've seen the dark, oh, we've seen and felt the very darkest. We're [...]